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Travelling to Australia alone with a child

I am a single mum, and I am taking my daughter to Australia in July on holiday. Does any one know if the Aussies will ask for a letter of permission or similar from the absent parent. Her father lives in UK, he is fully aware and fine with it, but I know in the USA they require some authorisation for the immigration team.
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I am a single mum, and I am taking my daughter to Australia in July on holiday. Does any one know if the Aussies will ask for a letter of permission or similar from the absent parent. Her father lives in UK, he is fully aware and fine with it, but I know in the USA they require some authorisation for the immigration team.

Ask the Australian embassy and get a copy of their answer in written form if possible
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Re: Travelling to Australia alone with a child

I would recommend it, but don't know if it's 100% required. Getting into Oz can be a business. You'll need a tourist visa which is available free of charge online from the official government website. Watch out for scam sites that want to charge A$30...
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Call the embassy ...
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Re: Travelling to Australia alone with a child

Don't take the chance.
You have plenty of time ahead of you, so best to get the father's permission in writing, with a copy of his passport and the child's full birth certificate.
Even if the particular countries you'll be travelling out of, through and into don't now require it, their laws could change, as could the rules of the airline. In addition, it's wise to be prepared just in case your plane is re-routed to a country which does require such proof of permission.
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I would recommend it, but don't know if it's 100% required. Getting into Oz can be a business. You'll need a tourist visa which is available free of charge online from the official government website. Watch out for scam sites that want to charge A$30...

Got the visa did it online like you said. Free. Just this thingy with the kid....not sure. Will try embassy. thanx
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Re: Travelling to Australia alone with a child

I'm Australian, and whenever I've flown to Australia with my daughter I've been asked for proof at Zürich airport that she's mine (we have different surnames), so I've taken her birth certificate and our marriage certificate, but not a letter of permission.

But why not have one with you, just in case. Depending on how old your daughter is, they'll also ask her some questions.

Even if the Australian embassy says you don't need a letter, it's getting out of Switzerland that has been the issue for us.
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Call the embassy ...
And ask the airline(s) you are flying with.

If you have all the documents and letters and never use them, you have lost nothing. But if you do ...

Be particularly careful with the ME3 airlines.
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